ChAD 163 (adolescence) paper guidelines
The overall goal of this assignment is to help students to understand adolescents’ growth and
development in four major domains (physical, cognitive, emotional, social) and the
inter-relationships among these domains.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN, DOWNLOAD AND READ
A WELL-ARGUED PAPER.
The overall goal is to present information about some aspect of adolescent development
(e.g., giftedness, friendship, gender roles, academic achievement, employment, moral reasoning,
gang membership, etc.), the exact topic is up to you. A good way to find a topic is to look through your
textbook(s) for subjects that seem interesting or important. Then read through the sub-headings to help
you narrow your focus and topic. For example you may begin with a broad interest in
and then narrow that down to focus on
resistance to peer pressure
You will need to demonstrate how your particular topic is affected by and/or affects the four domains
of development. For example, if you chose
as your topic, you would first define it and
present basic information (e.g., rates in the population, ages, types of behaviors, etc.). Then, you will
want to show how
impacts or is impacted by physical development
(e.g., gender or puberty),
(e.g., academic achievement, moral reasoning), social development
influences, parent-child relationships) and emotional development
(e.g., anger and hostility). In your
paper, you want the reader to finish the paper with a greater understanding of your particular topic.
The paper is to be at least
in length - this does not include the title page or reference page.
You will want to start off by identifying the exact topic (specific and narrow is usually easier to deal
with). You may want to focus on an age-range (early, middle, late) as well.
After identifying your specific topic, you will briefly review (at least)
that deal with this topic. There must be two references for each developmental domain (cognitive, social,
physical, and emotional). Feel free to use more than
references (I strongly urge you to do so).
Scholarly books or review papers and credible web-sites are acceptable after the criteria for
articles has been met
These required 8 references should be published between 1998 and 2008.
To find peer-reviewed journal articles use a data-base called
You will be searching by
subject so you will want to type in key terms such as
Adolescent Identity, Adolescent Self-
- - the reference librarian can help you with search terms if you give her/him your general paper
topic). Hopefully this search will yield a series of articles with author, title, and date. Scan through the
titles for ones that look particularly interesting or relevant and use the option to view the abstract, this will
let you know if it is an article that you might want to use as a reference for the paper. Once you have